The first Swarovski SCS crystal figurine in the âMother and Childâ series was the Swarovski âLead Meâ Dolphins.Â Â Â The Dolphins were a beautiful figurine depicting the nurturing relationship between a mom and her calf.Â The protective box is important to safely store the crystal figurine.
The Swarovski Dolphins Box is a big white cylinder with silver-gray end caps.Â On the Dolphins cylinder, collectors can read the text âAnnual Edition 1990 âLead Meâ â the Dolphins.Â This same text is repeated in 5 other languages in the silver stripe on the container. The Swarovski âassigned reference number can be found near the bottom edge in a very small type.Â The Swarovski Dolphins Box reference number is DO3MM90XX. The Dolphins Box can also be found using another reference # DO1X901B, which was originally used in the Warnerâs Blue Ribbon Books on Swarovski catalogue.
The foam was specially formed to securely store or ship the SCS Dolphins figurine and certificate.Â The dolphins foam contains a slot to be used for keeping the certificate unbent or wrinkled.Â The SCS Dolphins have been the most difficult figurine to correctly place into the foam.Â Good news thoughâ¦.this article contains proper placement instructions for correctly putting the crystal figurine into the Swarovski âLead Meâ Dolphins Box.Â The dolphins foam should opened and placed such that the certificate will be underneath the crystal.Â In your hands, hold the Swarovski Dolphins, so that the dolphinâs nose is facing right (3:00) and the base is toward the foam.Â Press the Dolphins downward into the foam so that the tails are in the largest oval slot.Â Note: If the SCS Dolphins have been on display (not stored in the foam and box), the fit may feel firm and incorrect, but this is normal.Â Since putting the Dolphins in the foam may feel erroneous, many collectors have taken scissors or knives to the foam cutting it and eliminating placement confusion. Â This could potentially devalue the SCS Dolphins which is complete with box and certificate to a Swarovski fanatic who demands a âtop-notchâ package since technically the foam has now been altered.
A special thanks to Swarovski expert Jane Warner, co-author to Warnerâs Blue Ribbon Books on Swarovski for consulting on the ‘Lead Me’ Dolphins Box article.
Regarding availability and replacement value, the SCS Dolphins Box is not readily available. The last one that sold was over 5 years ago, and those prices are too out of date to even mention.